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5 Healthy Choices Kimberly Schlegel Whitman Makes in a Day

The Dallas author and lifestyle expert talks meditation and sending gratitude into the word daily.
By Kimber Westphall |

Wellness is a major buzzword these days, but it can mean a little something different to everyone. Does it stand for self-care and restoration, or is it more about strength and endurance? So, we created a series breaking down the healthy habits of local influencers and entrepreneurs, allowing them to define what wellness means on a personal level.

Busy days are typical for Kimberly Schlegel Whitman, an entertaining expert, author, and editor-at-large for Southern Living, but she makes sure to begin each one making time for meditation and mindfulness. “I absolutely believe in the connection between mind and body,” says Whitman. “So when it comes to wellness, I believe that properly handling stress and meditating is just as important as avoiding sugar and exercising.”

What’s one of your favorite parts of your morning routine?
I love the idea of a gratitude journal, but instead of keeping what I am grateful for hidden away in a notebook, I like to write thank you notes and send out the gratitude. Once the children are off to school and I sit down at my desk, I try to write a note or two.

How do you keep your mind healthy and centered?
I take time every day to pray and that always gives me peace. I also love to meditate! Our friend Jamahl Mosley, a coach for the Mavs, told us about the Headspace app and I’m obsessed. I try to do it every day. Sometimes it is only for three minutes and other days I take more time. They even have meditations for children that come in super handy when things are getting a little spicy around the house!

If you had to choose one favorite workout to do on your most healthy day, what would it be?
I love to hike! I wish we had more hills and mountains here to explore.

What is your favorite healthy restaurant around town?
I hit The Juice Bar and The Gem a few days a week for lunch. If I’m not meeting a friend for lunch, it is always on the go!

If you’re in your kitchen, how do you balance what you crave with nutritious options too?
My acupuncturist once suggested that I try not to eat anything made in a factory and I love that guideline. It is easy to follow and prevents me from grabbing quick, empty calories as snacks. Of course, I don’t always obey the rule, but it does help me to be more mindful about what I put in my mouth.

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